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ePublishing with InDesign CS6

ePublishing with InDesign by Pariah Burke: Design and produce digital publications for tablets, ereaders, smartphones, and more
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Author: Pariah Burke
Published: December 2012
Publisher: Sybex/Wiley
Pages: 576
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ePub­lish­ing with InDesign CC and CS6: Design and pro­duce dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions for tablets, eread­ers, smart­phones, and more

Create, Deploy, and Manage Digital Publications of All Kinds

If you want to cre­ate dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions with en­gag­ing lay­outs and pages that pop, let epub­lish­ing ex­pert Pariah Burke show you how. This book pro­vides the in­for­ma­tion you need to de­sign and launch your dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions, in­clud­ing how to cre­ate econ­tent from scratch and how to con­vert print pub­li­ca­tions to dig­i­tal formats.

This book walks you through the en­tire process: plan­ning, adding mul­ti­me­dia and in­ter­ac­tiv­i­ty, and pub­lish­ing us­ing InDesign. Step-by-step in­struc­tions and hands-on projects help you quick­ly build skills. In no time, you’ll de­sign media-rich ebooks, emagazines, ecat­a­logs, and more!

  • Explore how to cre­ate con­tent for the iPad®, iPhone®, Kindle Fire™, Nook™, Android™ tablets, and oth­er devices
  • Design, de­ploy, and man­age rich­ly in­ter­ac­tive dig­i­tal mag­a­zines, ecat­a­logs, ebooks, etext­books, and more
  • Produce touch-interactive dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and Aquafadas Digital Publishing System
  • Add au­dio, video, and im­ages to your ebooks
  • Produce ebooks of the high­est qual­i­ty and max­i­mum com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with EPUB and Kindle KF8
  • Plan a PDF pub­li­ca­tion and lever­age its epub­lish­ing potential
  • Learn to nav­i­gate and thrive in the com­plex land­scape of dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tion for­mats, pur­pos­es, and view­ing devices

How This Book Is Organized

ePub­lish­ing with InDesign cov­ers three over­ar­ch­ing top­ic areas:

  1. The world and eco­nom­ics of epublishing;
  2. Creating ebooks, and;
  3. Creating rich-media in­ter­ac­tive publications.

Each sec­tion fo­cus­es on a dif­fer­ent area of epub­lish­ing, from the busi­ness, mar­ket, de­vices and for­mats of epub­li­ca­tions, then in­to ebooks, and wrap­ping up with the area I’m most ex­cit­ed about, ful­ly in­ter­ac­tive pe­ri­od­i­cals, cat­a­logs, and en­hanced ebooks.

The World and Economics of ePublishing

Chapter 1: Exploring Ereading Devices

The first thing to un­der­stand about dig­i­tal pub­lish­ing is what de­vices peo­ple use to con­sume dig­i­tal con­tent, in­clud­ing what types of pub­li­ca­tions each de­vice class can sup­port, how peo­ple use the de­vices, and where eread­ing hard­ware is head­ed. You will find a star­tling ar­ray of de­vices on the mar­ket, but ul­ti­mate­ly there are on­ly four class­es of de­vices on which dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions are consumed—ereaders, tablets, com­put­ers, and mo­bile phones—and the pros and cons of each, and which epub­li­ca­tion file for­mats each can sup­port, can be mad­den­ing with­out this guide.

Chapter 2: Learning About Digital Publishing Formats

Like de­vices, epub­li­ca­tion for­mats are nu­mer­ous and var­ied, with sub­tle dif­fer­ences be­tween them, but large di­ver­gences in pur­pose, ca­pa­bil­i­ty, and de­vice sup­port. Consequently, it’s most log­i­cal and pro­duc­tive to think of epub­li­ca­tions in terms of for­mat class­es, with each class of­fer­ing a par­tic­u­lar com­bi­na­tion of pur­pose, ca­pa­bil­i­ty, and de­vice sup­port. This chap­ter dis­cuss­es the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics and pub­lish­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of EPUB; Amazon Kindle for­mats such as MOBI, AZW, and KF8; PDF, dig­i­tal repli­ca, in­ter­ac­tive mag­a­zine, and HTML5-based epublications.

Chapter 3: Surveying the Digital Publication Types

Now that we’ve ex­am­ined the char­ac­ter­is­tics and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the avail­able dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tion for­mats, it’s time to think about the kind of con­tent you want to dis­sem­i­nate dig­i­tal­ly. In this chap­ter I iden­ti­fy the pur­pose, char­ac­ter, and us­es of ebook, dig­i­tal mag­a­zine, enews­pa­per, etext­book, and dig­i­tal com­ic book pub­li­ca­tion types as well as ex­plain which for­mat class­es are best suit­ed to each type. 

Creating Ebooks for Kindle, NOOK, iBooks, and More

Chapter 4: Creating Basic Ebooks

Whether cre­at­ing ebooks from TXT files or word proces­sor doc­u­ments or con­vert­ing ex­ist­ing print pub­li­ca­tions to EPUB, the ba­sics are all the same. You must learn to think in terms of EPUB, to reeval­u­ate how your con­tent is or­ga­nized, and to know how to struc­ture it us­ing InDesign’s built-in tools in or­der to pro­duce well-organized, read­able ebooks. The yel­low brick road to be­com­ing a wiz­ard of ebook pro­duc­tion starts with this chap­ter and pro­ceeds through the next sev­er­al chap­ters, cre­at­ing pro­gres­sive­ly more in­ter­est­ing, more mar­ketable ebooks and oth­er EPUB-based publications.

Chapter 5: Working with Images and Multimedia in Ebooks

Although the ma­jor­i­ty of ebooks are text-only nov­els and short sto­ries, a large mi­nor­i­ty across all gen­res in­cludes pho­tographs, il­lus­tra­tions, charts, graphs, maps, and all sorts of oth­er im­agery, and even au­dio and video. Moreover, even nov­els and short sto­ries typ­i­cal­ly have at least cov­er im­ages. Whether your pub­li­ca­tion mere­ly needs a cov­er or re­quires lots of fig­ures, cre­at­ing and us­ing them in ebooks dif­fers in sev­er­al dis­tinct ways from cre­at­ing and us­ing graph­ics for print or oth­er dig­i­tal formats.

Chapter 6: Fine-Tuning EPUBs 

Successful, ef­fi­cient EPUB pro­duc­tion be­gins in, and cen­ters on, InDesign and the tool set InDesign brings to the busi­ness of ebook pub­lish­ing. However, InDesign isn’t the on­ly tool you’ll need to pro­duce ebooks of the high­est qual­i­ty, max­i­mum com­pat­i­bil­i­ty, and ut­most read­er en­gage­ment. At a cer­tain point, you’ll need to go in­side the EPUB to ed­it and mas­sage the com­po­nents InDesign can’t reach, of­ten work­ing in con­junc­tion with the orig­i­nal files in InDesign to build an ebook that takes fullest ad­van­tage of eread­er hard­ware and soft­ware to pro­vide an ide­al read­ing experience. 

Creating Rich-Media Interactive Publications for iPad, Kindle Fire, Android, Computers, and Smartphones

Chapter 7: Creating PDF Publications for Digital Delivery

Not to be over­shad­owed, PDF-format pub­li­ca­tions are still a viable—indeed, a popular—distribution for­mat. PDFs sup­port rich multi-media, hy­per­links, some pret­ty cool in­ter­ac­tiv­i­ty, script­ing, re­flow­able text like an EPUB, and elec­tron­ic forms. PDF view­ers are avail­able for all com­put­er and mo­bile plat­forms, though fea­ture sup­port varies by plat­form. In this chap­ter we’ll use PDF to its fullest epub­lish­ing po­ten­tial while defin­ing the re­stric­tions placed on it by cer­tain de­vices. We’ll al­so look at some suc­cess­ful PDF-based pub­li­ca­tions that have been go­ing strong for years.

Chapter 8: Covering the Basics of Interactive Publications

In this chap­ter we’ll fo­cus on the nuts and bolts of interactive-magazine design—how to plan and build the lay­outs in both Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and its lead­ing com­peti­tor, Aquafadas Digital Publishing System, adapt­ing one lay­out for mul­ti­ple de­vices and ori­en­ta­tions (in­clud­ing work­ing with liq­uid lay­out be­hav­iors to make that process as easy and quick as pos­si­ble), build­ing ar­ti­cles and pages the cor­rect way, and fill­ing in the im­por­tant fin­ish­ing touches.

Chapter 9: Creating Interactive Magazines with Adobe DPS

Now that you know how to be­gin and lay out in­ter­ac­tive mag­a­zines we can get in­to the re­al­ly good stuff—all the dif­fer­ent ways in which those pub­li­ca­tions can be made in­ter­ac­tive and en­gag­ing with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. From from adding an­i­ma­tion and video to im­mers­ing your read­ers in 3D panoram­ic spaces, from in­clud­ing live Web con­tent and wid­gets to em­ploy­ing ad­vanced content-replacement tech­niques to put vol­umes of in­for­ma­tion on a sin­gle page, lit­er­al­ly at your read­ers’ fin­ger­tips, we’ll go hands-on and step-by-step with in­clud­ing all the in­ter­ac­tiv­i­ty in Adobe DPS and then how to build a view­er app for your pub­li­ca­tion and pub­lish it to the App Store, Google Play App Market, and Amazon Android App Store.

Chapter 10: Using Aquafadas DPS to Create Interactive Magazines

Competing head to head with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is a com­pre­hen­sive but rel­a­tive­ly un­known chal­lenger from France, Aquafadas Digital Publishing Solution. Although not as pop­u­lar as Adobe DPS, Aquafadas of­fers a much rich­er set of in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ments for in­cor­po­ra­tion in­to dig­i­tal mag­a­zines. Also work­ing as an InDesign add-in, the Aquafadas sys­tem is more pol­ished and pro­fes­sion­al look­ing than Adobe’s DPS tools, and, in near­ly all oth­er as­pects, Aquafadas is ar­guably a bet­ter, more in­tu­itive, more fea­ture rich sys­tem for pro­duc­ing dig­i­tal mag­a­zines. In this chap­ter we’ll go hands-on through step-by-step in­struc­tion for in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous rich­ly in­ter­ac­tive fea­tures in­clud­ing slideshows and gal­leries, au­dio and video, read-along text, ad­vanced con­tent re­place­ment, Web and HTML con­tent, and pre-built games and ac­tiv­i­ties such as Sudoku, mahjongg, mazes, and more. 

Aspirin-Free Workflow Sidebars

In ad­di­tion to the stan­dard tip box­es and side­bars you’ll see through­out the book, I’ve in­clud­ed spe­cial Aspirin-Free Workflow side­bars to call ex­tra at­ten­tion to point­ers that will make your pro­duc­tion work a lit­tle less stress­ful and more efficient.